Friday, January 2, 2009

Help.. I need some help..

Or maybe I just need to vent.

So.. Hannah decided that sleeping wasn't fun anymore. Infact she hates it. She has decided that getting a thousand things before being able to go to bed is a must, and then when she finally cries herself to sleep, she gets up about an hour later. And then hourly throughout the night... Until like 12.. then she needs to be up for a good half hour.. and then she'll entertain herself in her bed until she falls asleep.

So tonight I tried giving her LIMITED choices and told her that I wasn't coming back in her room (to answer her thousand demands).. She had to cry herself to sleep.. yes, i thought. Well... She went to bed at 6ish.. and 7:15ish she woke up crying... And she was so tired she wouldn't stop crying... and she just couldn't be calmed. After having to remove her from her room since she woke up Emily... A glass of water and a convincing later, she's back in bed. Who knows for how long... A few months ago we decided no more sippy cups of water to take to bed with them.. because it was becoming such a problem.. the spilling, the refilling, the changing clothing because of spills.. etc. And they did fine. ...
Maybe Hannah's at the stage where we had to give Emily a glass of water to sleep with.. that might be.. because Emily was having this kind of problem she would wake up, need a glass of water, and go back to sleep... that's when we started giving them a sippy cup of water at night beside their bed, so they could solve the problem themselves... So maybe we'll have to go back to that..

Any ideas?

I'm extremely exhausted due to this, and pregnancy.. And i'm at my wits ends.. (it's happened more then just these last two days..)


Michelle said...

My first thought was that 6 is really early to be going to bed--is that her normal bedtime? If so, you may want to try pushing it back a little so that she will be a more tired when she goes to bed. I don't know. I hope this phase passes soon for you.

The Bingham Four said...

yeah.. my kids have been going to bed at 6 since like september. They decided naps aren't happening... and are just extremely exhausted by 5:30.. so i make them stay up the extra hour to make sure they will sleep till 7:30!

Alicia said...

Let her cry herself to sleep and don't respond. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to get the message across that night is for sleep. I have no kids (yet) and so of course I'm the authority on all these matters. ;-)

Alicia said...

Thanks, Melissa! If you could bring a green salad or a pasta salad or a fruit salad (whichever of those is best for you) to the baby shower that would be so appreciated! Thanks!